Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

  • Peter Cellars

    Peter Cellars was started by Peter Mauel in 2003 based on a commitment to produce high quality wi...

  • W. H. Smith Wines

    Curious by nature and eager to embrace new adventures, it didn’t take much for friend and winemak...

  • Madrone Ridge

    Wine tasting at Sonoma-Enoteca is a truly unique wine country experience. Ten different Califo...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Duckhorn Decoy 2012

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    Another good but nothing to write about wine. the entry Duckhorn brand isn't about substance, that i've experienced, it's more about selling to the novice drinker at an exaggerated price point. this is a very easy going cabbie thst requires NO thought or or taste buds. What saves it is the lingering fruit on a beam of acidity that grows. Paul 84... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lawer Estates Late Harvest Chardonnay Knights Valley Sonoma County 2014

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    Deep notes of dried apricot, candied apple, and marshmallow sweet potato casserole on the nose. Palate of pert clementines and juicy navel oranges with a tinny lemon zest finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sara, am I correct in assuming that you want to spend a total $200 for all ... ... ... of wine.  La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay should come in at about your budget.  It's a pretty good wine, and it is widely distributed.  If there are Trader Joe's near you, they carry it for $12.97.  There might be some good European options for you, but I'... Read More

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  • Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Another fair but nothing to write about wine. The entry Duckhorn brand isn't about substance, that i've experienced, it's more about selling to the novice drinker at an exaggerated price point. This is a very easy going cabbie thst requires NO thought or or taste buds. What saves it is the lingering fruit on a beam of acidity that grows. Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Skrimshaw Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. Very pale and translucent brown red in the glass - almost a Tawny Port color. Little to no legs. Opens with cherry and ripe raspberries; then cola and mint; a faint smell of bright ocean. Most of these carry over to the palate with more notes of cola and toffee. For how thin it looked, surprisingly full and smoot... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Trentadue Winery la Storia Petite Sirah 2011

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    The wine of the night on round the world tour for some new people to the PFWC wine cellar. This actually could have sat for another yr or two, but it is big and bold right now and drinking well. Blackberries, dirt and pepper with large tannins and properly scaled acidity makes the mouth go POP! The aftertaste is large and extended. This is why I... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013

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    Maybe an 89 here - but then it's just an opinion. Fresh with green apples, vanilin and a touch of nuttiness and citrus around the edges that lead to a slightly vicious, juicy finish. Well done - Paul. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Sonoma County 2010

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    More blue than red purple color. Green woody nose with a fair amount of earthiness. Gentle hit of cassis on introduction, but lots more going on. Again, Im getting a green viney thing, but definitely not in your face. Dark chocolate with only the suggestion of bitterness. A full-bodied wine, but not a brute. On the other hand it is not a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jim Olsen & Tom Shula "Pickberry Vineyard" Merlot Sonoma Mountains 2014

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    Wine of the night for this Naked Wines Tasting. A reddish purple in the glass with a small clear separation ring. Legs for days, blackberries, dark cherries a well portioned mint profile give this a refreshing finish that accents the acidity while very mellow tannins give a structure to the body. Medium to long aftertaste is satisfying and begs ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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